Archive for the 'GOOD NEWS' Category

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: Spring Cleanup Breaks Records, Just Like Last Year Did

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

It seems like every year, as the Philly Spring Cleanup numbers are released, we’re surpassing all of the records from each previous year. And this year’s edition, the 7th annual, was no differet. Spring Cleanup this year featured, by the numbers: >>> 569 registered projects >>> 14,225 volunteers — new record >>> 970,940 pounds of […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: This Time Next Year, PA Could Catch Up To Afghanistan When It Comes To Women In Office

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Oh no. This will not do. This will not do at all. That’s not a joke, actually. As it stands today, women in the PA state legislature constitute just 17.8% of currently occupied seats; over in Afghanistan, women make up 28% of the parliament. And to what good? Harrisburg is a sausage-party-informed catalog of failure, […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: Nutter Announces New Tech Grants For Start Ups, Because This Is Tech Day Apparently

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Yesterday, just like the yesterday-ish of last year, brought an announcement from Mayor Nutter about this year’s StartupPHL Call For Ideas Grant winners. Last year’s winners, which included Ben Franklin Technology Partners/Campus Philly and VentureForth, were awarded a total of around $120,000 split amongst six winners. This year’s winners will be splitting about $124,000 between […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: $25 Wilma Theater Tickets… Forever?

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

The Inky broke the news yesterday that the Wilma Theater, ever mindful of the widening gap between what they used to call the “high arts” and, well, everyone else, is seeing fit to reduce the bulk of its tickets to around 25 bucks, for the forseeable future. How do they do it? Rich guys! Philanthropist/actor […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: The Globetrotters Will Actually Put Local High Schooler With Down Syndrome In The Game

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Bensalem High School senior Kevin Grow, who has Down syndrome, became famous a little bit ago when his coach put him in his HS team’s penultimate basketball game and he promptly sunk four out of five three pointers in under two minutes. It was a moment of not only heartwarming optimism, but true shooting prowess […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: It’s Free Tree Time

Friday, February 21st, 2014

It’s that time of year again, when the Tree Philly program just gives away all of these great trees to make your sidewalk or yard a little greener. Yesterday at Love Park, a Spokes-Tree — really — said “From our highest branches to the tips of our roots, we trees got nothing but love for […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: Philly Mag’s Adrienne Simpson Wins NAACP Image Awards Hometown Champion Prize

Monday, February 10th, 2014

When that whole “Being White In Philly” bullshit all went down — yeah, we bet you almost forgot about that didn’t you — Adrienne Simpson was an important voice. As the only full-time black employee at Philadelphia Magazine when the story was published, Simpson’s op-ed rebuttal became a very essential part of a conversation we […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: Ladies Love Cool Brian Sims

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Friend of the Philebs and State Representative Brian Sims has been working tirelessly in his first term to get everything done he possibly can. It’s pretty admirable, and we’re not the only ones admiring it, because next Tuesday Sims will receive the “Champion of Choice” award from NARAL Pro-Choice America. According to a press release, […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: East Passyunk “Gateway” Will Turn Boring Concrete Slab Into Interesting Concrete Slab

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Rendering by Studio Bryan Hanes, via Passyunk Post, and featuring a woman who walked very far from Macy’s Here at the Philebs, you’ll very rarely hear us decrying any kind of public space project, and that new one rendered above is not an exception. Over at Broad and Passyunk, on a triangle of pavement that […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: PFS Theater At The Roxy Is Opening Tomorrow

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Hey, did you want to see Saving Mr. Banks or The Wolf of Wall Street right in Center City? Well just wait a few days you impatient animal, and you can see them both at the Roxy. From a press release: The PFS Theater at the Roxy will officially open its doors to moviegoers on […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: Killadelphia Be Gone

Monday, December 16th, 2013

From your old pal/vibe sherpa Vernon Odom: Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey tells us, “We’re on pace to have the lowest number of murders in this city since 1967.” Now, who knows, right? Who knows how the popo cooks these numbers, who knows if some megaviolent outburst currently awaits us, who knows what kind of […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: Philly Ranks #1 In LGBT Equality, And We’ll Take This One

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

WE’RE NUMBER ONE! ALONG WITH SEATTLE!: According to the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, Philadelphia is at the top of the list as the highest-ranking big city in the United States for LGBT equality. Technically, we’re tied with Seattle, but hey, there’s no city above us. According to a press release from the city, […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: Help Pack Up The Parks

Friday, November 8th, 2013

The temperatures out there are dropping, and we’ve mentioned in other posts that sometimes, when it gets real cold, it can be hard to bring yourself to spend time outdoors. Well, buck up buddies, because it’s time to give back to all of those local parks you love so much: LOVE Your Park is a […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: Groundbreaking At Pier 53 Park Is Happening Thursday, Will Be Decidedly Un-Spooky

Monday, October 28th, 2013

As part of that whole, grand, Master Plan for the Central Delaware thing, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is getting started on a new part at Pier 53, the site of “Philadelphia’s historic immigration station and the nation’s first Navy Yard.” The whole thing is gonna be jutting out into the river at Washington Avenue […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: Keith Haring’s We The Youth Mural Restored, To Be Rededicated

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

WE CAN HAVE NICE THINGS! Our hopes were dashed and our joyous spirits were crushed when we saw what had happened to the Keith Haring We The Youth mural, the only Haring collaborative public mural remaining intact and on its original site. But now we’re happy again, because those beautiful, brilliant people at the Mural […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: Shutdown And Pissypants GOP Goons Be Damned, ObamaCare Launches Today!

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

You heard that right: The government shutdown that went into effect at midnight has no bearing on the launch of the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare. So in reality, this is a day for CELEBRATION, MOTHERFUCKERS! Decades and decades from now, all of the GOP tantrums in the world won’t amount to a hill of […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: Philly Kids Not As Fat As Previously!

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Here’s the good news: In this clip from Washington Post Live’s 2013 Childhood Obesity Summit, Mayor Michael Nutter and health commissioner Donald Schwarz talk about how, holy smokes, some of the measures the City has been taking to fight childhood obesity are actually working! Here’s the bad news: Some of this stuff has to happen […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: TreePhilly Is Back!

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Many of you will recall the dark epoch in Philadelphia from roughly 1950 through 1995, when The Philadelphia Council of Elders declared that the planting of trees was “commie sissy radical crap” and as a result, South Philadelphia was scorched by a godless sun for decades (a situation from which only now is that part […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: Choose Your Own Adventure

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

A few months back, we let you know the the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics was offering up some grants for “individuals or groups who create an innovative project that incorporates art and design to address civic challenges or improve a public space.” Today, Mayor Nutter announced those winners, and they sound pretty damn […]

And Now, Today’s GOOD NEWS: There Will Be Bills In Both The State House And Senate To Ban Anti-Gay “Conversion Theraphy” For Minors

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

State Representatives Brian Sims (pictured, right, doing his best Blue Steel) and Gerald Mullery (of Luzerne County) announced their plan today to “introduce a bipartisan bill to protect Pennsylvania children by banning mental health providers from engaging in anti-gay ‘conversion therapy’ for minors.” State Senator Anthony H. Williams also introduced a similar bill recently in […]